Seven-year-old girl requiring 24-hour care, and family, move into ‘specially-built’ council house

PUBLISHED: 10:36 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:36 13 July 2017

Ruby Jarvis and her mum, in their new house

Ruby Jarvis and her mum, in their new house


The council built the house with Ruby Jarvis in mind

A seven-year-old girl, who requires 24-hour care, and her family have moved into a specially-built council house in Gravesend.

Ruby Jarvis suffers from a condition called lissencephaly, which means she is unable to walk, feed herself or carry out day-to-day tasks, and has been in a wheelchair for most of her life.

Up until now, the family have been living in an older three-bedroom property in Northfleet, which made it difficult to accommodate Ruby’s needs. The rooms were small, doorframes narrow and Ruby was unable to go into the kitchen at all.

But over the weekend, they moved into a three-bed council house in Tooley Street, which was built with Ruby in mind.

The house has been fitted out with everything the famil needs to live as normal life as possible. RUby can access all the rooms, there is a lidt joining the ground floor to the first floor and little things have been added like work tops being adjustable and wider door frames, which will make caring for her much easier.

Ruby’s mum, Zoe Jarvis, said: “We started packing as soon as we found out, we’ve been waiting for this moment for about five years. It’s going to be life-changing for us and Ruby’s quality of life will change too.

“The council has been so supportive, as well as the occupational therapist. It really has been tailored to fit our needs as a family and we can’t thank them enough.”

Gravesham councillor Anthony Pritchard, cabinet member for housing, said: “It’s been a very emotional journey for Zoe, Ruby and the rest of their family but we’re so glad to have been able to help them in this way.

“We have worked with the familt every step of the way to ensure they get the support they need and the proof is in the house they now have. It will undoubtedly make their lives easier.”

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